Serpent’s Kiss is part of The Rogue Angel Series written by Alex Archer. I have to say that I liked the book. I was a set to not like it. I don’t know way really. I think that it was because it had a beautiful woman on the cover with a sword.
I was surprised by how well the book was written. It was a clean fun read. The story is a continuation of the exciting life of Annja Creed world famous co-star of a Discovery Channel like program about archeology called “Chasing History’s Monsters.”
The archeology is sketchy at best. One of my good college friends is a co-owner of CIVITAS GALLERIES, a coin store in Middleton, WI. He is a true treasure hunter and archeologist. There is just enough science in these stories to make you believe that they are following the correct methods, but not enough. Their sites are disrupted and people get antsy and grab the goods. Still, the treasure hunting was a fun ride in the grand tradition of Indiana Jones and National Treasure.
What I really liked was the world building, or in this case the lack there of. This book is the 10th in the series. I’ve not read the others. I just might pick them up down the line. The story read like a comic book or serial should. It charges ahead unapologetic to non-fans, it assumes that you have read the other books and know the side characters and stories. The brilliance is that those moments really did not distract from the plot. So, they give the true fan something to think about while not excluding (too much) new readers that pop in the middle.
As a non-fan, the one thing that did get on my nerves was this sword thing. Miss Creed, for some reason that I’m sure was explained in a pervious book carries the mythical sword of Joan of Arc. Not only does she posses this relic, but she can pull it from tin air to assist her in her times of need (which are plenty and often). And so I struggled a bit letting that go, but by the end of the book it did not seem that out of place.
So, if you want a series of books to really dig into, I think that you would be best served by starting at the beginning with Destiny. I think that I will just have to pick it up myself.
Archer, Alex. Rogue Angel: Serpent’s Kiss. New York: Golden Eagle, 2008.